UK’s public health threat – Diabetes

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UK’s public health threat – Diabetes

According to Diabetes UK, one in 20 people is being treated for diabetes. It also estimates 850,000 of us have the condition but have not been diagnosed.
Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent type affecting nearly 3 million people in the UK and the cases have significantly increased accounting for 85% -95% of the condition. It is regarded as the 21st century main health concern.
Experts believe that this phenomenon is a result of our diet and carrying excessive weight. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to utilise blood sugar for energy. The main types include Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. The symptoms include increased thirst and frequency in passing urine, blurred vision and tiredness. You should therefore seek medical advice if these symptoms are present.
What is diabetes?
The condition is a metabolic disorder affecting the blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone and is used by the body to process glucose levels in the blood and to convert glucose into energy for use. If you have diabetes, the cells in the pancreas stop producing enough insulin for processing the blood glucose.

For some people, type 2 diabetes may be managed through a regime of healthier diet, weight control and physical activities. Others may also need medicine to manage the blood glucose.

This condition is considered to be more common amongst South Asian, African-Caribbean or Middle Eastern origin. There is a tendency to run in families with the condition and also people carrying excess weight or obese.
Recent major studies have shown that Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in high risk adults. These studies revealed that there had been 30-60% reductions in the disease incidence as a result of adopting rigorous and intensive behavioural changes using lifestyle interventions. The research also indicated that the interventions were found to be successful across all assessed ethnic groups and both sexes.
Despite the strong evidence of the success rate of the intervention, it is regarded that we are not doing enough as a nation in adopting this approach.
Screening for diabetes is therefore key in the understanding of the need to preventing the disease’s incidence. The condition is also likely to worsen if left untreated.
How to screen for diabetes
The blood test that is carried out to monitor your blood glucose level is called the HbA1c test. This test gives a good indication of the glucose level in the preceding 1-3 months.
Lifestyle changes play a major role to the treatment and management of Type 2 diabetes. This will include a regime of weight loss, physical activity and a healthier dietary intake.
At ToHealth, we believe in enabling you to better understand how you can minimise this major health risk by providing a comprehensive health screen programme. Why not call us today on 0203 7355444 or email us on info@tohealthltd.co.uk

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